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Title:From sustainable development through green growth to sustainable development 'plus'
Author:Nhamo, GodwellISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Volume:9
Issue:2
Pages:20-38
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:sustainable development
environmental economics
conferences
UNCED
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18186874.2014.987953
Abstract:From sustainable development (SD) through green growth to sustainable development plus (SD+)! Does the '+' really matter? This is the question that brings life to this article and the answer is: YES, it does. The '+' makes a huge difference especially for developing countries such as those from Africa that for a long time have not been fully brought on board in shaping global discourses and the preferred future global development agenda. This article argues that the time has come for globally privileged countries of the North to realise that operationalising 'The Future We Want' after Rio+20 demands that developing countries be accorded unpolluted space to contribute to providing answers to difficult and elusive questions on the unsustainable ways of the past development paradigms. Among such questions are: When will the issue of resource intensive development and overconsumption be finally answered? Can green growth transition be part of the solution? How will a post 2015 framework best address the needs of developing countries? The conclusion is that SD+ signals a deeper, wider and knowledge-based understanding of global (un) sustainable perspectives that result in global citizens understanding 'The Future We Do Not Want'. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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